UTD Announces 2006–2007 Jazz Season

RICHARDSON, Texas (Aug. 16, 2006) — The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) today announced its 2006–2007 Jazz Concert Season, which will be headlined by noted pianist and band leader Eddie Palmieri.  All concerts will begin at 8 p.m. 

The One O’Clock Lab Band, the four-time Grammy-nominated ensemble of the University of North Texas’ world-famous jazz program will perform Sept. 29 in the UTD Conference Center.  Tickets are $15.  Directed by Neil Slater, the band has received awards from National Public Radio, the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Dallas Observer Reader’s Poll.  Regarded as unsurpassed among university jazz bands, the group has performed at the White House, recently toured both the Pacific Northwest and New York City, and has been the special guest of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

Kelly Durbin and Friends will perform Nov. 10, in the Jonsson Performance Hall.  Durbin, UTD’s own jazz pianist, brings together local musicians each year for a performance to delight both jazz connoisseurs and casual listeners alike.  Tickets are $15.  Durbin has performed with such notable musicians as David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford, Cornell Dupree, Louis Hayes, James Clay, Chuck Rainey and Roseanne Vitro.  He also has played on recordings by James Gilyard, Chuck Willis, Wayne DeLano and Freddie Jones.

Eight-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri takes the stage Feb. 23 in the UTD Conference Center, showcasing his unique style of Latin jazz.  Tickets are $25.   The Harlem-born pianist made his classical debut at Carnegie Hall in 1947, when he was only 11 years old.  At age 25, Palmieri formed his own band, Conjunto La Perfecta.  His music explores various distinct sounds, mixing salsa with rock, pop, R&B, Spanish vocals and jazz.  In 1990, Palmieri acted as a consultant to Paul Simon on Simon’s album, Rhythm of the Saints.  Palmieri received Yale University’s Chubb Fellowship in 2002, an honor normally reserved for heads of state.  This event is sponsored in part by UTD’s Multicultural Center and Student Union and Activities Advisory Board.

Also part the 2006–2007 season of jazz concerts are the UTD Jazz Band and UTD Chamber Singers, the universities’ premier performing ensembles, under the respective direction of Kelly Durbin and Kathryn Evans, which will come together to present A Tribute to Manhattan Transfer on March 17 in the University Theatre.  The concert is free.

Additional information about each event is available at http://ah.utdallas.edu/.  All programs are subject to change.  UTD ticket office hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the door one hour prior to show time.  To purchase tickets using Visa, MasterCard or Discover during those hours, please call 972-883-2552.

For information about the many musical, arts, theatre, dance and other performances and exhibitions held throughout the year at UTD, please call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787), e-mail utdarts@utdallas.edu, or visit the School of Arts and Humanities’ website at http://ah.utdallas.edu/.  Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls nearly 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.